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Huge massacre of Christians in Sri Lanka


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Hundreds of Christians have been killed and injured by suicide bombers in Sri Lanka.

6 explosions ripped through Churches as Christians celebrated Easter Sunday. Hundreds are reported dead and injured.

Europeans and Americans are reported among the dead.

The Sri Lankan authorities blame "religious extremists" for the massacres.
 


Golah veNekhar

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The Buddhists there are extremely anti-Christian. I would not presume it was Muslims. However ISIL managed to recruit a decent few Muslims from Sri Lanka.
 

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Buddhism the religion of peace?

It is just over twenty years ago on this island that religious fundamentalists were murdering Catholics because of their religion. We have no high horse to be on.
 

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Buddhism the religion of peace?

It is just over twenty years ago on this island that religious fundamentalists were murdering Catholics because of their religion. We have no high horse to be on.
Protestants were murdered because of their religion too, remember. Anyway, even at their worst the paramilitaries in the North never contemplated an atrocity on this scale. There was a line that both recognized it would be best not to cross. But in other places, it seems to be pure extermination as a policy. I may well be wrong, but I'd be surprised if it is Buddhists. Buddhist extremism seems to be mainly concentrated in Burma, and there it is focused on the Rohingya; in Sri Lanka it has been a Buddhist/Hindu Tamil conflict and Christians were largely ignored. If it is not some offshoot of IS, it could possibly be some Hindu extremist group whipped up by Modi's Hindu nationalist zealotry.
 

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Suspicion is alighting on a radical Muslim group.

 

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Suspicion is alighting on a radical Muslim group.

This looks like there might be something to it, but these guys have not so far demonstrated the capacity to launch a single attack of this nature, never mind a sophisticated series of coordinated attacks.

Other actors (perhaps external to Sri Lanka) may have had a hand in this affair.
 

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Not just Christians. Specifically, Catholics.
Eh, no.
The nearly simultaneous first six blasts Sunday morning toppled ceilings and blew out windows at a famous Catholic church in Colombo, the capital, and at three luxury hotels in the city. The other two occurred at St. Sebastian Catholic church in Negombo, a majority Catholic town north of Colombo where footage showed people dragging the injured out of blood-splattered pews, and at the Protestant Zion church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.
Five-star hotels and a Protestant church are unimportant when there's an opportunity for you to indulge in a bit of victimhood - but without taking on any actual danger of course.

And to hell with the risk that your irresponsible rumour-mongering might increase civil conflict and help cause more deaths. In fact, it seems like you positively relish these deaths, as long as you can make them suit your own agenda.

Coming only days after the burning down of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, what increasingly looks like arson.
Reminding us that Catholicism is now the target of a worldwide campaign of hate.
The haters hate The Truth
That's one downright lie bolded there, and a second one that's not much better. Which makes the third assertion seem very much like you were looking in a mirror when you made it. :cautious:
 

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I'm at least heartened by the response from the Muslim world, Imam's and political leaders wearing crosses in solidarity, Muslim women removing the veil and attending church services for the victims and a serious crackdown on the rights and speech of Islamic extremists.......
 

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The last time that we saw a coordinated attack in this region, on multiple targets on one day, was the Mumbai attacks of 2008.

The trail of responsibility for that attack ultimately led back to ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) of Pakistan.
 

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I am going to give you a chance to provide credible, respected links to this claim.
For the moment it is better to leave the statement as it is. Links might only create more controversy at a time when we all need to suspend judgement until the authorities have completed their investigation
 

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For the moment it is better to leave the statement as it is. Links might only create more controversy at a time when we all need to suspend judgement until the authorities have completed their investigation
A shame that no such scruples stopped you from making that sweeping and inaccurate statement in the first place though. Seems more than a tad hypocritical.
 

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Religious extremists, when we start separating the two ie, separating a violent religion from terrorism that is committed as a result of those teachings in these so called ''radical'' mosques, is really dangerous and stupid and will have us sleepwalking further into the eye of islam.
 

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Hundreds of Christians have been killed and injured by suicide bombers in Sri Lanka.

6 explosions ripped through Churches as Christians celebrated Easter Sunday. Hundreds are reported dead and injured.

Europeans and Americans are reported among the dead.

The Sri Lankan authorities blame "religious extremists" for the massacres.
I think the thread title should be changed as too emotive .... hotels were targeted also, as well as churches.

Recently, Buddhists rioted and murdered Musilms (who are 10% of the population). A few decades ago, Sri Lanka had a bloody civil war in which many innocent civilians were killed. This could be an act of vengeance.
 

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Sri Lanka's police chief made a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday's (April 21) bomb attacks in the country that suicide bombers planned to hit "prominent churches", according to the warning seen by AFP.
So why didn't the police increase security at churches in the city? Why didn't they tell the public?
 

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I wasn't aware Sri Lanka had a colonial past...
 

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